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Royal Daffodil - Ashes Party

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2012

It is quite a common occurrence to see an "ashes party" travelling on board the Mersey Ferries, with the vessel pausing at an appropriate point to allow a scattering to take place. The facility to scatter ashes from the Mersey Ferries is popular and from what I have observed over the years appears when travelling on the ferries  to cross religious / cultural boundaries. Quite by chance on Saturday May 26, 2012 ROYAL DAFFODIL had stopped for a scattering off the former Sandon River Entrance as MANANNAN sailed by, therefore it was possible to photograph a scattering from a discrete distance as a record of this additional service provided by Mersey Ferries and one that is very much part of the Mersey maritime scene.
The small chute that is used to facilitate the scattering of ashes can be seen in the enlargements.


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